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Nov 2, 2006

Rava Kesari

Kesari (using regular rava)

Here is the recipe for the south Indian dessert, Kesari using Regular Rava. I have added orange red edible color to it instead of using saffron. This kesari differs from fine rava kesari in measurements but not in the procedure. Let me tell you exactly how the kesari is done using regular rava.[ Click here for Kesari with fine rava ].


Regular Rava - 3/4 cup (not fine rava)
Sugar – 1- ¾ cups
Water – 4 cups
Orange Red edible food color/Kesar food color – less than ¼ teaspoon.
Ghee – 4 tablespoons
Cardamom – 5 pods crushed
Ghee fried Cashews.


Ghee roast the Rava and keep it aside. Heat water in a heavy kadai. When it starts to boil reduce the heat and add the Rava slowly (keep stirring while adding, to avoid lumps). Keep stirring until most of the moisture is absorbed and the rava is fully cooked. Add the food color and stir. Then, add the sugar slowly, while stirring at the same time. You will notice the consistency loosening. Add the cardamom. Keep stirring until the kesari thickens. It will start sticking to the bottom when all the moisture is absorbed. Now, add the Ghee and stir well. Garnish with raisins/cashews. Serve hot or at room temperature.


Anonymous said...

Know what??? You are the only person other than me that I've seen using orange food colour for kesari. It really does make the dish look pretty, doesn't it?

Mythreyee said...

If I use saffron, the kesari turns yellow, not orange. So I use this orange color. The color sure makes the sweet look more pretty, I agree. And thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

yumme . colour yellow or orange self made Kesari is a real sweety.

Anonymous said...

i remember thats how my mum makes it...i was beginning to get confused as some online videos showed adding sugar with water and then adding rava..but i'm glad u posted the authentic way of doing it

karthi said...

I am surprised at the surprise over use of orange food color for rava kesari. Every person I know has always used the color for rava kesari.

But paajaka, thanks for the simple and easily understandable recipe, helped me a lot. :-)

Anonymous said...

u can use pineapple essence and tutti friuty and a little saffron then the taste of kesari will be amazing